PF defends Chipata Central MP

Patriotic Front PF Party members in Chipata Central Constituency have dismissed a statement by CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction that Chipata Central Member of Parliament Moses Mawere has abandoned the constituency.

PF Chipata Central Constituency, Information and Publicity Secretary Rabson Musendo and Constituency Youth Chairman Muhalakwa Kawana have described the statement as misleading.

They say that Mr. Mwere is among the leaders who have demonstrated development, stating that he has drilled boreholes, donated computers to schools and media houses and rehabilitated bridges in the constituency.

The duo says Mr. Mawere has been visiting his constituency several times from the time he was voted MP on August 11 last year.

On the issue of Youth Empowerment Fund, the duo says Mr. Mawere is ensuring that 250 youths benefit in Chipata Central Constituency.

They added that the MP has so far lobbied for funds to assist all streets kids in Chipata Central Constituency to enable them go back to school.

And PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary Patrick Kalema says CSPR Provincial Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma should come out in the open and announce to the public that he is supporting an opposition political party and that he is also interested to contest as Member of Parliament.

Mr. Kalema says Mr. Nkhoma should not hide in the name of his organization, but tell the people what his agenda is, and stop criticizing leaders who are working hard in developing their constituencies

Eastern Water recovers K38,000 from customers

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company has so far collected 38,000 Kwacha after engaging bailiffs to recover unsettled water bills amounting to 10.5 million Kwacha.

Company Commercial Manager Mukela Simbuwa says that the money was recovered from 57 out of 80 customers that have so far been visited by bailiffs.

Mr. Simbuwa says that the company has a list of about 5,000 customers, who make up the 10.5 million Kwacha debt.

He says that no debtor is being treated special by bailiffs unless those who have engaged the company to work out a debt repayment plan.

And company Public Relations Officer Christabel Malama says that water theft continues to be a problem the company is battling with although it is not at a large scale.

Ms. Malama says that the company has introduced a new facility where those who report illegal water connections will be given a reward of 500 or 1000 Kwacha.

She further indicated that the water utility is introducing a number of systems, which clients will be using to pay their bills instead of standing in queues.



One year child drowns

A one year two months old child has drowned in a well in Ibex Compound of Katete district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the unfortunate incident to Breeze News this morning.

Mr. Chilufya says the father to the child, Samuel Banda aged 28 reported to police that his son Samuel Banda junior drowned in a well at his neighbour’s house.

The Police Commissioner has strongly appealed to members of the public in all communities to ensure that open water wells are properly secured and covered to safeguard against incidents of drowning.

Mr. Chilufya says that this is a safety issue which all households and community leaders ought to reinforce to protect the lives of vulnerable children, the elderly and the less fortunate members of the community.